The International Monetary Fund (IMF) informed the Ukrainian authorities that the adoption of the presidential draft law on the Anti-corruption court in the current edition is the violation of the commitments of Ukraine to the IMF and contradicts the recommendations of the Venice Commission. It is stated in the letter of Ron van Rooden, the Head of IMF Mission to Ukraine as European Truth reported.
‘The submission of the draft law on the Anti-corruption court by the president was meant to be a step at the right direction. However, we have the serious comments to the draft law submitted on December 22; the number of its points are not compatible to the commitments of Ukraine to the cooperation program with the IMF and they contradict the recommendations of the Venice Commission’, the letter stated.
Also, nine comments to the draft law concerning the procedure of the judges’ selection, law regulations that delay the creation of the Anti-corruption court and jurisdiction of the court are represented in the letter.
Talking about the selection of the judges, the IMF demands from the presidential administration to fulfill the recommendation of the Venice Commission and provide the community board of the international experts with a right to block the appointment of the dishonorable judges. Also, the jurisdiction of the court should correspond to the jurisdiction of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP).
Nevertheless, the IMF claims that it is ready to help the presidential administration to reconsider the law to bring it in the compliance with the commitments of the Ukrainian authority and recommendations of the Venice Commission.
The creation of the Anti-corruption court is the obligatory commitment of Ukraine that it took ahead of its international partners - the EU and the IMF.
As it was reported earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko submitted his version of the bill on creation of the anti-corruption court to the Parliament, according to the website of the Verkhovna Rada. The draft was submitted on Dec. 22 and registered under number 7440.
The European Commission for Democracy through Law, the Venice Commission said that many of the provisions of the draft law provide a good basis for the establishment of a high specialised anti-corruption court, but made several recommendations to reduce the risk that it could be considered unconstitutional, according to the statement published on the website of the Council of Europe.